Numsa pickets outside Neasa company

The union is protesting against what it termed as racist and dastardly lockouts.

FILE: Numsa is protesting against what it termed as racist and dastardly lockouts by Neasa companies. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Non-striking workers affiliated to the National Employers Association of South Africa (Neasa) had to be rushed inside a building when protesting National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) members descended on the company on Friday.

Numsa in the Western Cape is picketing against what it termed racist and dastardly lockouts by Neasa companies.

Over 200,000 Numsa-affiliated workers downed tools at steel and engineering companies across the country on 1 July, demanding a 10 percent wage increase.

Demonstrators sang songs and danced.

Some non-striking workers who were on a tea break quickly ran inside the building.

The protest was sparked by an apparent lockout by Neasa affiliated companies, including Magnador, after Numsa agreed to a 10 percent wage hike following a nearly month-long strike.

Numsa Western Cape Secretary Vuyo Lufele says, "We are here to expose this old mentality of apartheid."